Britain's Shield: Radar and the Defeat of the Luftwaffe

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Amberley Publishing, Aug 1, 2010 - History - 352 pages
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2010 is not only the seventieth anniversary of the legendary Battle of Britain, it is also the seventieth anniversary of another finest hour - that of Radar.

The bravery and skill of British pilots in the Second World War, and the fighting capability of their aircraft, would have been in vain had they not been part of a highly complex and sophisticated air defense system based on radar. The development of this system in just five years is one of the most remarkable scientific and technological accomplishments of the twentieth century.

Despite this, the creation of radar defense has been somewhat overlooked. Many of the studies on radar have focused on the development of the technology, with little attention given to the creation of the much larger system for integrating it into the nation's air defenses. Britain's Shield relates the development of radar with the diplomatic and air policy concerns of the period. It shows how a small group of scientists, engineers, airmen and politicians accomplished this technological miracle, and offers a revisionist appraisal of Churchill's role, showing that his influence was, more often than not, counterproductive to the development of effective air defenses.

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About the author (2010)

David Zimmerman grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. He received an MFA from the University of Alabama and has worked in Brazil and Ethiopia. He now teaches at Iowa State University. This is his first novel.

SIR BERNARD LOVELL is the former Professor of Radio Astronomy at the University of Manchester as well as Director of the Experimental Station at the Nuffield Radio Astronomy Laboratories, Jodrell Bank, Macclesfield, Cheshire, England.

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